Cats have a pretty solid reputation for hating water. Why?
For one, when a cat’s fur gets really drenched, it tends to weigh the cat down – making her less agile, which is unappealing to most cats. And other cats have been traumatized by some less-sensitive humans that have made their experiences with water very unpleasant – think water sprayer, or forced bath. :(
But some cats are actually known for enjoying water – like the Turkish Van and other wild cats. They actually really like water:
- To cool off in extreme heat
- To catch food – for those wild cats that rely on fish as a food source
- Curiosity – some cats like to dunk a paw or two, but aren’t keen on being fully submerged.
Curiosity is probably the biggest reason why domesticated cats will watch a dripping faucet or dip their paw in a bathtub or sink full of water. Check out the videos of the cats below that seem to really enjoy it!
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